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Free Online Resource for Non-fiction Articles in Speech Therapy

Updated: Jun 5

Do you work with upper elementary, middle school, or high school students? Looking for something new and fresh to use in therapy? Try out Wonderopolis!


What is Wonderopolis?

> A free website that includes hundreds of non-fiction articles

> Wonderopolis publishes articles that seek to answer a question or "wonder" submitted on their website


QUICK TIP: Use the search bar to search for a certain theme or topic that you're using in your therapy sessions (e.g. polar animals, Halloween, spring, etc.)


MAKING PREDICTIONS

Before you read the article, review the questions at the top of each article. You can use them to target making predictions and discuss those predictions after reading the article. You can also use these questions to gauge your student's background knowledge on the topic!

A screenshot of the top of the article titled "Why are Polar Bears White?" on the website Wonderopolis. A red box is around three questions with the title "Have you ever wondered...".


VOCABULARY

Vocabulary words, called "wonder words", are highlighted in yellow for each article. The words are also listed in a black box on the right side of the screen. Click the "take the wonder word challenge" button to complete a vocabulary task matching the word to its definition.


QUICK TIP: Interested in highlighting context clues? Try installing a Chrome extension like Weava Highlighter, which will let you highlight words on any web page!


COMPREHENSION

Use the "Did you get it" box to answer a few comprehension questions. Too easy? Take note of the questions, and then have the students cite the evidence from the article.


If you love themes I have an awesome Google Spreadsheet with dozens of articles organized by theme to share with you! It's also editable so you can add new articles and themes as you go!

Summarizing

Try using one of these free Canva templates to summarize the article! These engaging templates give students oppotunities to determine the main idea, learn how to write captions for pictures, retell key details, and utilize new vocabulary words!


I hope this gives you some new ideas to freshen things up!








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